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Kenneth

ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • No Easy Hope: Surviving the Dead, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James N. Cook
    • Narrated By Guy Williams
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (274)

    Eric Riordan was once a wealthy man leading a comfortable, easy life. Until one day Gabriel, his oldest friend, Marine Corps veteran, and a former mercenary, told him how the world was going to end. He did his best to prepare. He thought he was ready for anything. He was wrong. As the dead rise up to devour the living, one man finds himself struggling to survive in the ruins of a shattered world. Alone, isolated, and facing starvation, his only chance is to flee to the Appalachians and join forces with Gabriel.

    Amanda says: "Not bad, Not unique, but well written!"
    "Meh...okay zombie book"
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    The author can definitely write and tell a story, but for me it was just not that stimulating. The narrator was so-so, there were times I thought he could have used more enthusiasm and vocal inflection especially with the zombie attacks. If part 2 goes on sale I will get it otherwise continuing the series is at the bottom of my list

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3020)
    Performance
    (2879)
    Story
    (2859)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Disenchanted with Dresden"
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    Great series but I'm a little tired of the Dresden files. It is the same material repackaged, same magic spells (ventas servitas, fozare, etc.), same foes. I like the plot change Butcher has taken the series since Changes but I just don't see where the series is going. I kind of miss the old detective Harry Dresden.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1401)
    Performance
    (1308)
    Story
    (1314)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Big disappointment"
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    This is nowhere near the quality of writing as the Star Force novels. Story line drags on & takes too long to get to interesting parts of which there are only a few. I expected more from this author, I listened to the entire Star Force series and thought it was great but the characters, plots and story development in Steel World seemed less mature. I could not connect with the main character either, he never struck me as a hero at any point in the book. Mark Boyett also does the narration and does an okay job - he basically puts on an annoying southern drawl to his Kyle Riggs voice..overall a big disappointment. Will not be continuing the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crimes Against Magic: The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Steve McHugh
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (398)

    How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he’s a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her.

    Christopher says: "Excellent World"
    "This is no Dresden Files"
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    Listen to the other reviews. Poor choice of narrator, lots of flashbacks to prior periods in the story line made it tough to follow. The main character also is a bit of a self serving derelict who I could not connect with at all. When I listen to these kinds of books (paranormal, soft sci-fi) I like to put my mind on cruise control, I really don't expect them to be difficult to follow. I got about 7 hours in and tapped out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (1205)
    Story
    (1212)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Freaking Awesome"
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    Realistic end of the world story from the perspective of a survivalist. The author does tend to explain a lot of jargon and survivalist psychology but I found that to be interesting and damn useful. This was also my first experience with the narrator - this guy did a great job he fully embodies all of the characters. I've already purchased the next volume.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (545)

    This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.

    Jeffrey says: "Not for everyone"
    "Boring & dry"
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    This was my first HP Lovecraft..I was disappointed, Narrator is great but the producers of the book had him speak in a dry professor's voice so I couldn't even enjoy that aspect of the book. The story itself is just boring...there may be some interesting concepts buried in the details but I couldn't find it. I got 4 hours in and tapped out...I will give one of his better reviewed books a chance he's the godfather of horror after all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They Thirst

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (112)

    It looked like another ordinary day in Los Angeles. Then night came...Evil as old as the centuries has descended upon the City of Angels - it comes as a kiss from the terrifying but seductive immortals. Slowly at first, then by the legions, the ravenous undead choke Los Angeles with bloodthirsty determination - and the hordes of monstrous victims steadily mount each night.

    Kenneth says: "Not McCammon's best"
    "Not McCammon's best"
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    If you're expecting the same quality as Swan Song or even the Matthew Corbett books then you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a decent vampire or urban horror book then this is a great choice. Porter does a decent job narrating but after listening to so many books narrated by this guy I feel like he over-acts sometimes but still a very good narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2635)
    Performance
    (2356)
    Story
    (2362)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "took me 30 minutes to realize this wasn't Daemon 3"
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    Not like the daemon series. Characters were not at all interesting, more of the same stuff without the interesting character development. I don't understand how this book gets an average of 4.3 - I did however love the Daemon books I hope the author continues with that series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10071)
    Performance
    (9373)
    Story
    (9375)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Loved every minute of this book"
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    Wow. Just wow. This book was phenomenal it exceeded my expectations. I found myself cheering in the car it was truly exciting. And Wil Wheaton...this guy needs to do more audio books he did a great job he really gives the characters a voice. I'm going to find more cyberpunk books to read I'm a fan.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4560)
    Performance
    (4038)
    Story
    (4053)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "wasn't crazy about the first....second one...meh"
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    I like the story line but the author is a bit of a windbag and tends to drag a lot of the fight scenes on forever. Narrator does a decent job but reads slowly, this book could easily have been a 17 hour audio book if the narrator spoke at a normal rate.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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